Reading Half Marathon - 29/3/09
Reading Half Marathon saw a select group of Thames men produce some fine performances. John Macfarlane made the trip from the West Country to lead the way with 21st place in 69:45, followed one place behind by Andy Weir in 70:39. Unfortunately incorrectly recorded in the results, Mark Tuckett also showed good pre-marathon form with 72:31 for 32nd, and it was good to see Chris Wrighton returning to form with 73:04 for 42nd. There were also decent performances from Toby Pearson (73:51), Olly Mytton (77:55), Anthony Doolittle (81:34) and Charles Cooper (85:56).
21: J Macfarlane 1:089:45 22: A Weir 1:10:39 32: M Tuckett 1:12:31 42: C Wrighton 1:13:04 53: T Pearson 1:13:51 96: O Mytton 1:17:55 166: A Doolittle 1:21:34 327: C Cooper 1:25:56
Jurassic Coast Challenge - 28/3/09
First prize for sheer “tough guy” antics this month go to Nick Maloney, who recently finished a superb 6th in the Jurassic Coast Challenge, an extremely tough event in Dorset involving 3 marathons in 3 days.
Kienbaum 100km - 28/3/09
Not content with a mere 26 miles 385 yards, Matt Lynas ran a superb 7:10:38 for 100km at Kienbaum, near Berlin, placing 2nd overall and 1st M40. Mind bogglingly, this equals his PB for the distance. Matt was rewarded for his considerable endeavours with a table tennis set, but hopefully further international recognition will be a more fitting reward.
Rome Marathon - 22/3/09
Congratulations to Andrew Macnamara, who turned in a highly impressive performance of 2:30:12 in the Rome Marathon placing 31st. A sub 2:30 clocking hopefully beckons later this year.
Wimbledon Audi 10km - 22/3/09
Daren Talbot placed fifth in 33:33 with Andy Robinson also having agreat run to record 35:15 for first V40 spot.
British Masters Cross-Country Championships - 21/3/09
Ben Reynolds ran impressively to finish 8th in the V35-49 race and 2nd V45, Peter Giles also made the long trip to North Wales and finished 8th in the V60 race. It has been a fine cross-country season for the Vets team, with hopefully more to come in the National Road Relays in May.
10 mile Challenge - 21/3/09
Andy Weir was fastest over the 10 mile course, with Matt Lynas flying in from Germany to fox the handicappers and take top spot.
Vertical Rush - 19/3/09
Despite recent injury woes, self proclaimed “tough guy” Chris Daniels continues to expand his portfolio of extreme running. Not content with a stab at the Vets indoor track champs, the intrepid Mr D turned his legs to stair running at the notorious “Vertical Rush” a time trial race up to the top of Tower 42 in the City of London. He finished an impressive 5th place in a lactic drowning 5 minutes 23 secs, with Hugh Shields also turning in a fairly impressive time of 6 minutes 38 secs.
Finchley 20 - 15/3/09
Excellence from Thames spans the generations as ever, with Jeffrey Gordon placing 1st M70 in the Finchley 20 with 3:43:32.
Matsue Ladies Half Marathon, Japan - 15/3/09
Mara Yamauchi retained her Matsue Ladies half-marathon title on Sunday, and showed she is in good form for London this year winning in a time of one hour, 10 minutes and 19 seconds. Mara finished sixth in last year's Olympic marathon and will now lead the British challenge in London.
Wimbledon Common Park Run 5km - 14/3/09
Andrew McNamara made a fine debut at the WCTT to place a close second in 16:36. Ian, Keith and Colin were also in action.
The Grizzly - 8/3/09
Competition hots up for the title of Thames’ toughest man! While the self-styled Wharf's Toughest Guy, Chris Daniels, was competing at a less than fearsome vets indoor 1500 metres, real men Johnny Mcfarlane and Toby Pearson were displaying their own tough credentials in the Grizzly, a 20 mile multi terrain race in Devon. John won in 2:19:21 by over 6 minutes, with young pretender Toby Pearson an impressive 3rd in 2:27:30.
Inter Club 5 mile - 7/3/09
THH played host to teams from the Stock Exchange, the Stragglers, Kingston Poly and Full on Tri. THH won the match, scoring 4 per team, and Keith Newton won the Stock Exchange Challenge.
1 Keith Newton HHH 27:17 2 Huw Lobb THH 27:28 3 Simon Moldon THH 27:50 4 Andy Weir THH 28:18 5 Andy Arbour K&P 30:13 6 Johnny Powell THH 30:21 7 Peter kennedy Strag 30:37 8 Stewart Tompson JP Morgan 30:50 9 Alan Barrie Strag 30:54 10 Andrew Mcluchen SEAC 30:58 11 Simon Brazil Strag 31:15 12 Matthew Kyat K&P 32:46 13 Declan Flynn Strag 33:17 14 Ian Callander Strag 33:49 15 Chris Hutber THH 34:06 16 Steve Sandham Strag 34:06 17 Phylis Flynn Strag 34:25 18 John Sawyer SEAC 34:33 19 Liz Stavreski THH 34:38 20 Bernt Erik Roed THH 34:48 21 Phill Davis Strag 34:50 22 Keith Spacie THH 34:54 23 Evan Bond Strag 35:04 24 Gwyn Jones Bank 35:17 25 Geoff Fisher Strag 35:38 26 Anna Garnier THH 35:39 27 Martin Woods SEAC 35:50 28 Vicky Filsell THH 36:04 29 Louis H-Parsons FoT 36:15 30 Rob McDonough K&P 36:23 31 Graham Huntly K&P 37:09 32 Sam Huntington SEAC 37:31 33 Stewart Scotts JP Morgan 37:34 34 Paul Fletcher JP Morgan 37:39 35 Steve Annett Strag 37:51 36 Roger Jacoman Bank 38:00 37 Dave Walsh THH 38:33 38 Nicky Atkins K&P 38:52 39 Rob McNabb THH 39:26 40 Rick Pigatt FoT 39:31 41 Leisl Packer FoT 39:38 42 Sue Cord Bank 39:39 43 Holly Barker FoT 39:39 44 John Freens Strag 40:17 45 Neil Meres K&P 40:44 46 Marc Eliott JP Morgan 41:20 47 David Jenkins THH 42:31 48 Geoffrey Reid K&P 42:49 49 David Gibbons K&P 44:10 50 Pete Deadman Bank 45:12 51 Andy Lee-Gerrard THH 46:48Teams (4 to Score): 1. THH 15 2. Stragglers 45 3. Kingston & Poly 78 4. Stock Exchange 87 5. JP Morgan 121 6. Bank of England 152 7. Ful on Tri 153
British Masters Indoor Champs - 7/3/09
Having reached landmark eligibility only days previously, Chris Daniels celebrated the start of his 5th decade at the British Masters Indoor Champs. Despite struggling with injury he finished 4th in the 1,500m in a decent time of 4:19:95.